Orientation day was September 3rd. There was a lot of build up to it and we almost didn't end up making it. But after a quick trip to Urgent Care for an infected scrape, we got there just in the nick of time! All four of us went around to each classroom and met the teachers and other families.
The following day was her first real day of school, and again there was a lot of build up and excitement. Gwen was SO ready that when I dropped her off (half expecting to hang around for a few minutes and watch), she turned to me and said: "Mom, aren't you going to leave?" "yes, Gwen I am." "now?" I took that as my cue and walked out feeling super proud and happy to have raised such a well-adjusted daughter. Three hours later, Nathan, Nana and I all went to pick her up. She walked out of her classroom and had a little tear. When she saw us she just broke down and started crying. After watching her for a few weeks, I think she was just very overwhelmed that day and when she saw us, needed to release. Since then, about half the time she doesn't want me to leave her in the morning and she'll tell me that she doesn't like school, but every pickup has gone great with her smiling and telling me what a great day she had. Fingers crossed that drop off will be a happy occasion soon. It seems to me now that she is starting to get to know and really like the teachers and other students so I'm happy with how things are going and I think she'll do really well there.
|at Urgent Care the morning of orientation|
|but we still made it in time!!|
|no time for a 1st day of school pic, lets go mom!|
|Gwen is thrilled to be at the same school as Emerson |
(the daughter of my friend from college!)
|big girls, ready for their first day!|